Gender and War in Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe

Gender and War in Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe

by Nancy M. Wingfield, Maria Bucur

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This volume explores the role of gender on both the home and fighting
fronts in eastern Europe during World Wars I and II. By using gender as a category
of analysis, the authors seek to arrive at a more nuanced understanding of the
subjective nature of wartime experience and its representations. While historians
have long equated the fighting front with the masculine and the home front with the
feminine, the contributors challenge these dichotomies, demonstrating that they are
based on culturally embedded assumptions
about heroism and sacrifice. Major
themes include the ways in which wartime experiences challenge traditional gender
roles; postwar restoration of gender order; collaboration and resistance; the body;
and memory and commemoration.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253111937
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 05/09/2006
Series: Indiana-Michigan Series in Russian and East European Studies
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Nancy M. Wingfield is Associate Professor of History at Northern Illinois
University. She is co-author of Return to Diversity: A Political History of East
Central Europe since World War II and co-editor (with Maria Bucur) of Staging the
Past: The Politics of Commemoration in Habsburg Central Europe, 1848 to the

Maria Bucur is John W. Hill Associate Professor of
History at Indiana University and author of Eugenics and Modernization in Interwar

Table of Contents


1. Introduction: Gender and War in
Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe Nancy M. Wingfield and Maria Bucur
Part I.
Challenging Gender Roles/Restoring Order
2. "Female Generals" and "Siberian
Angels": Aristocratic Nurses and the Austro-Hungarian POW Relief Alon
3. Civilizing the Soldier in Postwar Austria Maureen
4. Between Red Army and White Guard: Women in Budapest, 1919 Eliza
Part II. Gendered Collaborating and Resisting
Dumplings and Domesticity: Women, Collaboration, and Resistance in the Protectorate
of Bohemia and Moravia Melissa Feinberg
6. Denouncers and Fraternizers:
Gender, Collaboration, and Retribution in Bohemia and Moravia during World War II
and After Benjamin Frommer
7. Family, Gender, and Ideology in World War II
Latvia Mara Lazda
Part III. Remembering War: Gendered Bodies, Gendered
8. Kosovo Maiden(s): Serbian Women Commemorate the Wars of National
Liberation, 1912<N>1918 Melissa Bokovoy
9. Women's Stories as
Sites of Memory: Gender and Remembering Romania's World Wars Maria
10. The Nation's Pain and Women's Shame: Polish Women and Wartime
Violence Katherine R. Jolluck
11. "The Alienated Body": Gender Identity and
the Memory of the Siege of Leningrad Lisa A. Kirschenbaum


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Although in disciplinary terms it is represented as a history project the collection also enters into sociology, anthropology, and literature, and is a significant contribution in the interdisciplinary field of gender studies. . .


. . . an engaging read and a remarkable scholarly accomplishment. . . . The authors do a marvelous job of situating their findings within broader historical contexts and current historiographical debates. . . . [T]his is a pioneering study that should open a broader discussion of gender and war on the eastern front. . . . This book is essential reading for anyone interested in how war affects society. It is an excellent text for undergraduate and especially graduate classes. By reading this collection, scholars and students can discover multifaceted methodologies and diverse sources useful for approaching issues of gender and war in any historical context.

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